Audacious Mr Astley - the man who invented circuses!
The man who invented circuses returns to #Edfringe! With his wife, war hero and trick-rider Phillip Astley roped off a Ring in an open field in Lambeth, London, near today's Waterloo Station, and from Easter Monday 1768 performed astounding displays of equestrian expertise. Building on their early success, the couple added a clown, rope-walkers and acrobats to their presentation, and the circus was born. Professional ringmaster and actor Chris Barltrop performs his own one-man play in which the man himself tells his story and reveals his character and personality. Five-star ratings at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, praised by the critics as 'fascinating, engaging' ; 'entertaining, informative, classy! Returning to Edinburgh for 2019 by special invitation!
Daily 10.50am. Prices vary - see the Pleasance website for details / booking
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, EDINBURGH, Edinburgh County EH8 9TJ
Wed 31 Jul 2019 to Sun 25 Aug 2019